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South Asia Fellowships

Professional Development Opportunities with the South Asia Program
Fellowship opportunities for individuals to expand their knowledge of security issues in the subcontinent and engage with the South Asia policy community in Washington, DC
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The South Asian Voices Visiting Fellowship is a year-long research fellowship combining professional development of research, writing, and public speaking skills with extensive exposure to the D.C. policy community. The Stimson Center’s South Asia Program offers these Visiting Fellowships annually to outstanding analysts, scholars, and students from the South Asian region.

The year-long Junior Fellowship offers recent graduates the opportunity to support the Stimson South Asia Program’s policy-relevant research and project-based work. Fellows engage in topics including the evolving dynamics of deterrence, conflict risks, military modernization, and great-power competition in Southern Asia.

South Asian Voices Visiting Fellowship

The South Asian Voices Visiting Fellowship is a year-long research fellowship combining professional development of research, writing, and public speaking skills with extensive exposure to the D.C. policy community. The Stimson Center’s South Asia Program offers these Visiting Fellowships annually to outstanding analysts, scholars, and students dedicated to the study of South Asia.

For the residency portion of the fellowship, SAV Visiting Fellows are hosted at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. for a period of two months. Fellows work to develop a policy memo while meeting with senior scholars at universities and think tanks along with leading practitioners working on South Asian security issues in the U.S. government. They also contribute analysis to SAV throughout the one-year period.

Fellows are selected based on criteria such as the quality of their research proposal, research and writing aptitude, and fit with the Stimson Center’s research interests. Frequent, high-quality contributors to SAV will be given special consideration.

For general inquiries, please write to [email protected] with “Visiting Fellowship” in the subject line.

2021 SAV Visiting Fellowship Cohort

The Stimson Center’s South Asia Program is delighted to welcome the 2021 cohort of South Asian Voices (SAV) Visiting Fellows. The SAV Visiting Fellowship is offered annually to outstanding scholars and students dedicated to the study of South Asia. This year’s cohort of superb analysts includes: Jyotsna Mehra (Pacific Forum Young Leader and Consulting Editor at New Delhi-based publication The Kootneeti), Kashif Hussain (Research Associate at the Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad), Kashoon Leeza (Editorial and Advocacy Specialist at Islamabad Policy Research Institute), and Muhsin Puthan Purayil (Research Associate with Defence Research and Studies)

Fellow Publications

Testimonials

“The SAV fellowship was an enriching experience. We met numerous practitioners who offered guidance. My counterpart from Pakistan and I co-authored a report for the Stimson Center during our time, which was a deep engagement in confidence-building, communication, and perspectives from across the border.” — Jayita Sarkar

“Meeting various scholars opened my mind about the variety of views on a specific topic. It forced me to think on aspects, which I never thought were extremely relevant. I learnt the essence and importance of comprehensive analytical understanding on a topic as opposed to looking at something from a pre-set lens or viewpoint.” — Aditi Malhotra

“Since I am new to academic word, this Fellowship provided me plenty of experience, exposure, and understanding that I will now be putting into practice. Moreover, for a person like me, who has had fewer opportunities in life, the Fellowship became a morale-booster and confidence-builder. I am grateful for this opportunity and recommend that Stimson and SAV continue to engage ‘Emerging Talent’ from smaller cities too.” — Daim Fazil

Junior Fellowship

The Henry L. Stimson Center’s South Asia Program welcomes applications from highly motivated graduating seniors or individuals who have completed their undergraduate or master’s degree in the past year for its cohort of Junior Fellows.

Purpose

The one-year, full-time fellowship will provide individuals with a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge of security issues in the subcontinent, engage the South Asia policy community in Washington and the region, and experience working at a dynamic think tank that provides close interaction with senior staff and researchers. Junior Fellows will receive a salary of $37,000 for the full year as well as health insurance and transit benefits for the duration of the fellowship.

Junior Fellows will support the Stimson South Asia Program’s efforts to research, analyze, and inform policymakers about the evolving dynamics of deterrence, conflict risks, military modernization, and great-power competition in Southern Asia. Fellows will be expected to support research, publications, and programmatic efforts (including South Asian Voices, Strategic Learning, and public events and workshops). They will receive professional development opportunities to engage with leading scholars and practitioners in the field, to represent Stimson at scholarly and policy convenings, to hone technical and analytical skills, and to conduct, present, and publish their own research.

The Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship will help emerging analysts develop the research, analytical, writing, and project management skills required to succeed in fields related to peace and security in South Asia.

Selection Criteria

Requirements

  • A strong background in: South Asian politics, economics, or security; strategic studies and nuclear issues; international relations theory; or other social sciences.
  • Demonstrated analytical, research, and writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate with peers in a team environment.
  • A record of academic excellence.
  • Bachelor’s degree. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for the full twelve months of the fellowship following graduation.

Desirable Skills/Experience

  • Precise editing skills (work experience in university writing center or newspaper a plus).
  • Experience living/working in South Asia and/or working in intercultural settings.
  • Hindi, Urdu, or Mandarin (or other relevant) language skills.
  • Data science skills.
  • Event and/or project management experience.
  • Web management experience/skills.

Application Materials

    • A one-page cover letter laying out the candidate’s research interests and career goals. Applicants should discuss how they can contribute to the mission and work of the Stimson South Asia Program and how the Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship would contribute to their long-term professional growth.
    • A two-page maximum curriculum vitae or resume including all educational qualifications, study abroad experience, and extracurricular activities, as well as any work experience to date.
    • Unofficial transcript(s) with academic record of undergraduate and Master’s (if applicable) coursework and study abroad experience.
    • One letterof recommendation from a professor or former employer explaining what qualifications, skills, and experiences make the candidate a good fit for the fellowship;
    • A writing sample of no more than two pages on a topic related to South Asian political or security issues.

Letters of recommendation should be emailed to [email protected] with the subject line “Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship—Last name of applicant.” All other application materials should be submitted as PDF documents through Stimson’s online application system.

Selection Process

Interviews will be conducted soon after the application deadline, and final decisions will be communicated in March. Applicants selected for interview may be required to complete one or more short research, editing, and/or writing assignments as part of the evaluation process. The fellowship will begin in August (start date flexible) and continue for 12 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for the Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship?

Graduating seniors or individuals who have finished their undergraduate or master’s studies in the past year with a demonstrated interest in South Asian peace and security issues are eligible to apply for the Junior Fellowship. The fellowship is meant for early-career scholars and analysts who are looking to develop expertise in the subcontinent’s strategic affairs.

What are some of Junior Fellows’ responsibilities?  

Junior Fellows support a variety of programmatic efforts during their fellowship. As Associate Editors for South Asian Voices, a large portion of their time is devoted to editing articles and working with regional authors to prepare pieces for publication. Throughout their fellowship, they will also contribute to a combination of research, events, Strategic Learning course development, gaming facilitation, and other program activities.

Do applicants have to be U.S. citizens to apply for the Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship?

No. International applicants are welcome to apply as long as they have a valid visa that allows them to work in the United States for the full 12 months of the fellowship (beginning in August of that year). Please note that Stimson will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this fellowship.

When is the application due and where should I submit my application materials?

All applications materials (including the letter of recommendation) are due February 15 each year. Materials other than letters of recommendation should be submitted as PDF documents through Stimson’s online application system. Letters of recommendation should be emailed to [email protected] with the subject line “Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship—Last name of applicant.”

Will I be notified if I am not selected for the fellowship?

Only those chosen for the interview round will be notified of their selection or non-selection.

When does the fellowship begin?

Though there is some flexibility, the fellowship begins in August.

Is the Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship paid?

Yes. Junior Fellows will receive a salary of $3,083.33 per month ($37,000 for the full year). In addition, Stimson will provide full benefits including health insurance, a transit benefit, retirement plan match, and others to the fellows for the duration of the fellowship.

For additional questions or information, please email [email protected] with the subject line “Query regarding Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship.”

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